Panama and the United States
The End of the Alliance

Michael L. Conniff
Third Edition

A survey of 180 years of relations between Panama and the United States


“Conniff has carefully mined the rich secondary literature on Panama and neatly pieced together the significant aspects of its diplomatic, economic, political, and cultural history. He has written a masterful synthesis, complete with lively narratives and insightful analyses. Based on the theme that Panama–United States relations have constituted a forced alliance, the book differs from most others by examining the experiences of Panamanians and Yankees on all social levels.”
Journal of American History, on a previous edition

“This is a balanced study. Conniff is no apologist for U.S. policy, but he understands the contradiction between the American perception of itself as a positive force and the reality of its often negative presence.”
American Historical Review, on a previous edition

“Contains a cornucopia of information while at the same time providing some interesting detours along the way . . . An engrossing and informative book.”
Choice, on a previous edition

"[Panama and the United States] is far from a dry chronicle of treaties. Panama is a colorful place, full of outlandish characters, and Conniff's inclusion of social movements, mores, and personal factors behind the scenes make a readable account. Conniff lived and worked in Panama in the mid-1960s and traveled there afterward, cultivating original sources. . . . For the American reader especially, Conniff's account of the end of the alliance offers a good approach to learn about Panama today."
—Joe B. Johnson, American Diplomacy

"[Panama and the United States] is a fine documentary of Panama's history and politics, and is a recommended pick for any college-level political studies holding strong in international U.S. actions or Panama history."
Midwest Book Review

"[Panama and the United States] is often insightful. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

United States and the Americas

Page count: 260 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


List price: $29.95

buy button
View Shopping Cart

List price: $24.95
Check ebook availability

Michael L. Conniff directs the Global Studies Program and is a professor of Latin American history at San José State University. He lived and worked in Panama for many years. He is the author of several books on Panama, Brazil, and Latin America.